Friday, May 23, 2014

Godzilla Director Gareth Edwards Hired by Disney - Lucasfilm to DirectFirst Star Wars Spinoff Movie, to be Released Dec 16, 2016 !


You'll find a new DLP Update below, but here is a big news to start the day! Disney / Lucasfilm are moving quickly toward production on the Star Wars spinoff films by hiring the young - and talented director of Godzilla- Gareth Edwards to direct one of the projects.  “Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards. This first Star Wars spinoff will be released on December 16, 2016, one year after Star Wars Episode 7.


Due to secrecy no specific film has named but rumors say that these spinoffs could be either about Han Solo, Yoda or Boba Fett. Gary Whitta who wrote previously “The Book of Eli” is apparently the one writing the script, probably with a little help from Lawrence Kasdan and he said: “From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me, so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.”

Now, i've seen Godzilla a few days ago, and not only i recommand it to you as the film is excellent, but this Gareth Edwards is a promising young director! Obviously he learned very well Steven Spielberg classic 1970 - 80's movies but he really did a good job on Godzilla so i think he'll be great to direct a Star Wars spinoff!

Picture: copyright Lucasfilm

New Maleficent Featurette "On the Battlefield"

Here is a new featurette for Disney's Maleficent which takes us to the set of an epic battle sequence that was shot for the movie. It features the cast and crew talking about the stunt work, and shows us some footage of how they brought this scene to life!

Video: copyright Disney

Disneyland Paris Update Part Two


Here we go for the part two of the Disneyland Paris update, and this time we'll have a look at what's going on inside DLP Magic Kingdom, thanks to great pictures from Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster.

Main Street Transportation Co building as well as Town Square Photography are in refurbishment as we know, but now the Boardwalk Candy Palace facade is also in refurb, and it's a good thing as it needed it.







While we're there let's have a look at the beautiful theming inside Boardwalk Candy Palace.





Let's move to Fantasyland and Sleeping Beauty castle!





At Dumbo Flying Elephant one of the sixteen Dumbo was not working...



Nearby, the rest rooms close to Le Chalet de la Marionnette are closed for refurbishment and the annual refurb of the Pinnochio dark ride nearby will end soon.




At Frontierland some nets have been installed on a part of the queue, since some months now.






New trees have been plant in Phantom Manor courtyard, outside, and they surely wil look great when they'll grow up!


At the entrance of Discoveryland, one of the two basins is still not working...



The water level in Nautilus lagoon is lower than usual due to the refurb on a part of the Nautilus hull.




At Adventureland it's now test time for the trains of the rebuilt Indiana Jones temple, tests are done with empty trains, of course.






We'll end by another refurb at the exit of the parc where stones on the ground are being replaced by new ones, they'll probably do the right part once this left one is finished.




See you soon for a new update, and in the meantime i remind you that, to celebrate Disneyland Paris 22nd Anniversary, i'm doing a special offer price on the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book - for both ENGLISH or FRENCH editions - and in addition to the special price valid until May 31 it also include a "surprise gift" that everyone who will order the book will receive, and believe me you will love it!  Thanks to this special offer you will save $50 on the normal price, so if you don't own the book yet i'm sure you don't want to miss it! Paypal and credit card payment are accepted, so make sure you to place your order now! 

You can use the Paypal button below for the english edition, and for orders of the french edition or for credit card payment please send me an email at:

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality - Include shipping

Don't know yet the Disneyland Paris book? Have a look at the video below or on the book website HERE.

Pictures: copyright Max Fan - DLP Welcome

Thursday, May 22, 2014

First Full Trailer for Big Hero 6 !

Disney has released the awaited full trailer for Marvel's first big screen animated adventure Big Hero 6! Go ahead, watch it, it looks great!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Is Disney Preparing the Land to Build a Third Theme Park at Anaheim ?

Is Disney preparing the land to build a third theme park at Anaheim? If we read between the lines of today's Los Angeles Times article HERE it seems that, yes, something seems to be in the plans. 
You see, Disney has a problem with Disneyland and DCA: the parks are "too" successful... 
The rise of the number of visitors as well as the number of AP is in big part of last weekend 
increase of the entrance ticket price - now $96 ! - and they don't have much land to expand 
in these two parks - they have a bit, but not that much.

So, right now "longtime park watchers say now may be the time to dust off plans, dating to 
2000, to build a third park on a 78-acre site just south of Disney's complex on Harbor Boulevard. Those plans were shelved while the company focused on the 2001 opening of Disney California Adventure, which fell short of expectations until a $1-billion expansion in 2012 added the hugely successful Cars Land.
At least for now, Disneyland officials say they are focused on expanding parking. They're buying a lot at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Ball Road with room for 1,400 parking spaces for employees, freeing up more parking for guests."
So, apparently all these purchases would be to build new parking lots for DLR employees to use the big parking lot for DL and DCA guests. Yes, the same piece of land - the one at the bottom right of the picture above - that was kept to build the third theme park. May be. Or may be not. Others rumors from insider sources are saying that the dream of Star Wars fans to have a Star Wars dedicated theme park instead than a transformation of DL Tomorrowland might become reality. Or almost:
"After Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment Inc. in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012, many fans hoped a third park would feature Marvel superheroes or characters from the "Star Wars" franchise.
"Maybe they'll do Star Wars Land or Indiana Jones Adventure or Marvel characters," said Todd Regan, founder of the Disney blog site "It will be interesting to see what happens."
OR may be the third theme park could be the home for all three, with their own land for each of them, one for Star Wars, one for Indy, one for Marvel super-heroes... see what i mean?
And i have to add that this would be a MUCH better choice than putting a Star Wars land in Tomorrowland and to create a Marvel land in DCA. We'll see what happen, and if they build a third park it won't open tomorrow and certainly not before at least early next decade, but you know what they say: there is never smoke without a fire...
Picture: copyright Google Earth

First Trailer and Poster for Big Hero 6 !


Disney has released the first poster and trailer for Marvel's first big screen animated adventure Big Hero 6! Below, the synopsis, and enjoy the trailer, it looks great!
“Big Hero 6″ is a heartfelt comedy adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, clean freak Wasabi No-Ginger, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a cutting-edge robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6″ is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).
Picture and video: copyright Disney

J.J Abrams Deliver a Video Message From the Set of Star Wars 7 !


Director J.J. Abrams has released a video message from the Abu Dhabi (Tatooine) set of Star Wars: Episode VII in which he announces the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, "a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, in collaboration with Bad Robot, dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world's biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF's Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefitting children in need." 

Fans who donate money to the charity will be entered for a chance to win an appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII. But the video below also gives us our first look at the set where they are currently shooting, with some extras in costume walking around in the background and even a Star Wars creature walking near J.J Abrams!  

Here is the press release:

To support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change, Disney has committed $1 million, and fans can now donate directly for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. By pledging as little as $10 through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign runs from 12:01am PST on May 21stth until 11:59pm PST July 18th.

The Star Wars: Force for Change Grand Prize includes: 
• Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
• Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
• Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
• Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII

Visit to learn more about this new charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF's Innovation Labs and programs, and be sure to enter through contribution or free entry for your chance to win at

Disney Release New Cars "Tales of Radiator Springs" 6 Min Animated Short , Available for Free !


Holy Cow! A new six minutes long "Tales of Radiator Springs" animated short has been released and is available for free! The short looks great, will delight all Cars fans, and is available for free exclusively through Disney Movies Anywhere, which you can log into either on your computer or on your mobile device through the iOs App, also available for free. And i have two videos for you showing clips from this new short.

The short start during a special day in honor of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, with Lightning McQueen making a speech disguised as Stanley...

The other guests are disguised too, including Mater...


Here is the synopsis: "A ‘leisurely drive’ planned in honor of Radiator Springs’ town founder, Stanley, turns precarious as Baja pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to an off-road race...


...Meanwhile, the townsfolk, led by a Stanley-costumed Mater, enjoy the planned ‘leisurely drive’ to retrace Stanley’s original frontier route. Thinking they’re on the same course, a wrong turn sends McQueen and the Baja pros on a treacherously wild bid for survival. The misunderstanding leaves the racing professionals in awe of the ‘legend’ of Stanley: the Original Off-Road Racer."


The first clip below will show you when Mater explain the track of the race, before the race started...

...and this next one shows a bit of the race itself.

Watch the whole new short on Disney Movies Anywhere!

Pictures and video: copyright Disney